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John Metz Schneider

John Metz Schneider

Male 1859 - 1942  (83 years)

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  • Name John Metz Schneider 
    Born 17 Feb 1859  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Christened 2 Oct 1859  Church Of New Jerusalem, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6
    Gender Male 
    Business J. M. Schneider Ltd., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Wikepedia Entry Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1883  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Packer 
    Religion 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Swedenborgian 
    Occupation 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Butcher 
    Elected Office 1905  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor - Kitchener 
    • Years Served: 1905-07
    Honoured Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Fountain erected his honour 
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    Kitchener-Fountain-JohnMSchneider-postcard.JPG
    Interesting story, business, politics, public service 
    Land 55 Courtland Avenue East., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Name J. M. Schneider 
    Name Johannes Metz Schneider 
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Meat Packer 
    Religion 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Swedenborgian 
    Residence 1911  159 Courtland Ave. E., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Aft 1912  379 Queen St. S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-37580 
    Died 23 Feb 1942  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I37580  Generations
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Father Johann Christoph "Christopher" Schneider,   b. 27 Aug 1831, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1900  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Anna Elizabeth Metz,   b. 2 Aug 1832, Niederofleiden, Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1904, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 26 Apr 1857  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F10061  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Helena Ahrens,   b. 1 Nov 1859, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1944, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 8 Nov 1883  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 8
    Children 
     1. Charles Alexander Schneider,   b. 17 Nov 1884, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1945, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     2. Herbert John Schneider,   b. 20 Oct 1886, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1905, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     3. Norman Christoph Schneider, MP,   b. 9 Dec 1888, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1985, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     4. Frederick Henry Schneider,   b. 1 Aug 1890, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1967, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     5. Emma Louise Schneider,   b. 21 Jul 1894, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1894, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F9859  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Feb 1859 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 2 Oct 1859 - Church Of New Jerusalem, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - - J. M. Schneider Ltd., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Wikepedia Entry Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1883 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Nov 1883 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Packer - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Swedenborgian - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Butcher - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Kitchener - 1905 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHonoured - Fountain erected his honour - - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - - 55 Courtland Avenue East., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Meat Packer - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Swedenborgian - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - 159 Courtland Ave. E., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Aft 1912 - 379 Queen St. S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Feb 1942 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    J. M. Schneider
    From: Berlin Celebration of Cityhood 1912 - "Made in Berlin"
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  • Notes 
    • INDUSTRIALIST PASSES AWAY
      J. M. Schneider Saw Future of Kitchener; Led a Busy Life


      John Metz Schneider, founder of J. M. Schneider Limited, one of Kitchener's pioneer industrialist, died at his home, 379 Queen Street South, early last night. Mr. Schneider had been in failing health for more than a year.

      He celebrated his 83rd birthday anniversary last Tuesday and was the recipient of congratulations and felicitations from his scores of friends in the city and throughout Ontario. He was able to be downstairs for the celebration.

      BORN ON COLLEGE STREET

      The life of J. M. Schneider goes back to the pioneer days of Kitchener industry. He was born on College Street, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Schneider, on February 17, 1859. The packing business he founded and headed for many years was started over 50 years ago and developed by him to its present outstanding place in the meat packing world.

      He was one of the town builders who half a century ago saw a future ahead of the community and through membership with the Board of Trade and other community enterprises contributed to the growth and development of the city.

      He worked In the button factory as a young man being an employee of the Jacob Y. Shantz Company. It was while he was recovering from a cut on the hand and was unable to return to his work that the late John R. Eden suggested to him that he start making sausages. Mr. Schneider acted on the suggestion. He bought a hog at the market and started making Schneider's sausages and selling them from house to house. That was the start of the big industry that is now known in many parts of the world.

      INTERESTED IN WORKERS

      In all his business relations, and particularly with his employees, he was not only a kindly man but one who took a deep interest in the affairs of the worker. He knew the men in his factory as "my boys," and very recently he made his daily trip through the plant chatting with the men and taking particular pleasure from his talks with those who were associated with him in the early days when J. M. Schneider, Limited was but a small concern.

      His employees' problems were his problems and he went outside of plant many times to be of assistance to those who needed help. In the depression days, when jobless men trekked through the city daily looking for work, they found a meal ticket at Mr. Schneider's home. In addition there were many families tided over the depression by his kindliness. His benefactions were accomplished quietly so that only those who received them knew.

      He started In the sausage business about 52 years ago, the plant being in his own house where he prepared the meat for delivery to his customers. Gradually the name of Schneider's sausage became well known in the town and the demand forced him to expand and he had watched the continued expansion of the business up to the time of his death.

      CIVIC CAREER

      For 44 years he continued an active membership in the Board of Trade and also an active interest in municipal affairs. He was an alderman in 1905, 1906 and 1907.

      In church affairs he was the senior member of the Church of the Good Shepherd. He was married November 8, 1884 to Helena Ahrens by Reverend F. W. Tuerk, pastor of the New Jerusalem Church of that day. He was keenly interested in church work and in his active years promoted many of the progressive steps taken by the congregation. The erection of the new church on Queen Street North was a source of great satisfaction to him.

      Deceased is survived by his wife and three sons, Charles A., Norman C. and Fred H., all associated with him in the business. A daughter, Mrs. Walter V. Siegner, two brothers, Henry M., and William, and a sister, Mrs. George Alles, all of Kitchener, also survive him. Nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive. One son, Herbert J. predeceased him.

      A private funeral service will be held from the residence, 379 Queen Street South, on Thursday at 2 p.m., followed, by public funeral service at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 2: 45 pm. Entombment will be in Woodland Mausoleum. Rev. Val Tilton will officiate. Remains are at the Schreiter-Sandrock Funeral Home until Thursday morning, where friends are asked to pay respects


      KITCHENER DAILY RECORD Tuesday, February 24, 1942 P. 1 & 16

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      A Loss to Kitchener

      The death of J. M. Schneider causes sincere regret in this community where he has left a mark that will never be effaced. We can truthfully say that Kitchener is a better, more prosperous city for his manifold contributions as industrialist, civic servant, benefactor and exemplar citizen.

      A native of Kitchener, where he spent a long and fruitful life, the late Mr. Schneider typified the pioneer industrialist who began business in a small way and saw his enterprise flourish until it reached considerable proportions. As founder of J. M. Schneider Limited, it is interesting to recall that this local packing plant had a humble origin at his home half a century ago. It is a far cry from the sausage grinder turned by hand to the modernly equipped plant serving both domestic and export trade. The Twin City can boast of many industrial enterprises which started similarly and expanded to sizable manufacturing units.

      It can be said of Mr. Schneider that he was a considerate employer, always concerned about the welfare of those who worked for him. He mingled freely with his employees and in that way he got to know them personally and to understand their individual problems. He counted that day lost when he made or deepened no friendship.

      A sterling citizen in every way, Mr. Schneider's passing is a distinct loss to Kitchener, which he benefited by many of his interests.


      EDITORIAL THE KITCHENER-WATERLOO RECORD Wednesday,February 25 1942

  • Sources 
    1. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-10 Page 5.

    2. [S350] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener Daily Record 1919-1947, February 24, 1942 - Obituary of J. M. Schneider.

    3. [S2] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian).
      Johannes, son of Christ. and Anna E. Schneider, born Feb. 17, 1859, was baptized October 2, 1859 by Rev. Tuerk, Church of the New Jerusalem

    4. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 22 Pg. 7.

    5. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Section 3 Page 24.

    6. [S2] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian).
      John Schneider Age: 24 res: Berlin Place of Birth: Berlin Names of Parents: Christ. Schneider & Anna El. Metz Name: Hellena Ahrens Age: 24 res: Berlin Place of Birth: Berlin Names of Parents: Chas. A. Ahrens & Henrietta Roth Name: Henry Roth res: Preston Name: Henry J. Ahrens res: Berlin Date of Marriage: Nov. 8, 1883

    7. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      Christoph Schneider Res: Berlin Occupation: Joiner Anna Metz Res: Berlin married 26 Apr 1857 Waterloo Twp. by Banns Witnesses: Nicholas Metz & Conrad Rothermill

    8. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 12202-83.
      John SCHNEIDER, 24, shoemaker, Canada, Berlin, s/o Christopher SCHNEIDER & Anna Elizabeth METZ, married Helena AHRENS, 24, Canada, Berlin, d/o Charles A. AHRENS & Henrietta ROTH, witn: Henry ROTH of Preston & Henry AHRENS of Berlin, 8 Nov 1883 at Berlin